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ACC Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center: News
Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at ACC and throughout Central Texas
A $4 billion federal fund meant to confront how racial injustice has shaped American farming has angered white farmers who say they are being unfairly excluded.
By Jack Healy New York Times Published May 22, 2021 Updated June 24, 2021
Police officers at the University of Washington in Seattle, regarded as one of the nation’s most progressive cities, said they were the target of racist insults and harassment. The New York Times June 22, 2021
Policies like forgiving debt for all student loans and giving baby bonds to the whole population won’t be nearly enough to achieve racial wealth parity, an economist says.
William Darity Jr. NYT April 30, 2021
A new racial justice commission will make policy recommendations that could include baby bonds, a jobs guarantee or reparations for Black residents.
NYT Emma G. Fitzsimmons
Published March 23, 2021 Updated March 24, 2021
Communities of color, which have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, have also received a smaller share of available vaccines. The vaccination rate for Black Americans is half that of white people, and the gap for Hispanic people is even larger, according to a New York Times analysis of state-reported race and ethnicity information.
Amy Schoenfeld Walker, Anjali Singhvi, Josh Holder, Robert Gebeloff and Yuriria Avila March 5, 2021
Illinois has become the first state to completely eliminate cash bail, a result of a push by state legislators to end a practice they say keeps poor people in jail for months awaiting trial and disproportionately affects Black and Latino defendants.
Maria Cramer Feb. 23, 2021
The administration has pledged to make agriculture a cornerstone of its plan to fight warming, but also to tackle a legacy of discrimination that has pushed Black farmers off the land.
Hiroko Tabuchi and Nadja Popovich Jan. 31, 2021
When Ms. Gorman, 22, recited her poem at Wednesday’s inauguration, she became the youngest inaugural poet ever in the United States. Ms. Gorman joined a small group of poets who have been recruited to help mark a presidential inauguration, among them Robert Frost, Maya Angelou and Miller Williams.
Alexandra Alter Jan. 20, 2021
A Pentagon spokeswoman said the Defense Department was nearing completion of its report on the fiscal year 2017 survey data and would provide it to Congress in the coming weeks. The spokeswoman did not explain the years-long delay.
Dec. 18, 2020, 10:30 AM CST
Rep. John Lewis, who devoted his life to racial justice and equality, died Friday night at 80. He revealed late last year that he was undergoing treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Lewis, D-Ga., had served in the House of Representatives since 1987, after decades of work as an organizer and activist – serving as a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, organizing the March on Washington in lockstep with Martin Luther King Jr. and serving in the Atlanta City Council.
Joshua Bote USA TODAY July 19.2020
Nashville changed U.S. Rep. John Lewis when he arrived at 17 to study at American Baptist College, and then Lewis changed Nashville forever. His activism is embedded in the DNA of the city where he came of age, learned the language of protest and joined forces with an army of civil rights luminaries who harnessed their potential in local churches and at downtown lunch counters. "Nashville prepared me," Lewis said in Washington in 2013. "If it hadn't been for Nashville, I would not be the person I am now."
Adam Tamburin and Holly Meyer
Nashville Tennessean July 18, 2020
"It's a huge moment. Two months ago, three months ago, four months ago, when we were talking about reform, we were dealing with piecemeal issues," she says. "Little did we know that the activists in the streets would take some of (the) things we've been saying for years and go much further, be much bolder."
Trevor Hughes USA TODAY July 18, 2020
Members of Native American tribes across the country are relying on Washington to offer a financial lifeline as they battle the economic and human tolls of the coronavirus pandemic. But despite billions earmarked for tribes, members of Indian Country have been met with red tape, roadblocks and new hurdles that have led to delays and deep-rooted feelings of uncertainty.
Christal Hayes,Nora Mabie, Jeanine Santucci
USA TODAY Published Apr. 24, 2020; updated Apr. 26,2020
Latinos across the U.S. are ill-prepared for their battle against the coronavirus, a crisis that threatens to leave many in this already vulnerable population sick and destitute, according to a new report. Because of a combination of factors – including working in low-paying front-line jobs and a lack of savings and health insurance – Latinos are shouldering a disproportionate burden of the pandemic.
Marco della Cava
April 18, 2020
The coronavirus is infecting and killing black people in the United States at disproportionately high rates, according to data released by several states and big cities, highlighting what public health researchers say are entrenched inequalities in resources, health and access to care.
The statistics are preliminary and much remains unknown because most cities and states are not reporting race as they provide numbers of confirmed cases and fatalities. Initial indications from a number of places, though, are alarming enough that policymakers say they must act immediately to stem potential devastation in black communities.
The worrying trend is playing out across the country, among people born in different decades and working far different jobs.
John Eligon, Audra D. S. Burch, Dionne Searcey and Richard A. Oppel Jr.
Published April 7, 2020. Updated April 8, 2020, 11:44 a.m. ET New York Times
The country both struggled to confront its history of racial division and continued to succumb to it. Americans saw new police killings greeted by fresh rounds of protests. Presidential candidates traded barbs over race, policing, law and order, and bias. And a former police officer’s trial left many across the country nervously glued to their television sets. Here is a look back at what has transpired in the year since Mr. Floyd’s death.
Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, John Eligon and Adeel Hassan New York Times May 25, 2021
Calls for racial justice touched nearly every aspect of American life on a scale that historians say has not happened since the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Audra D. S. Burch, Amy Harmon, Sabrina Tavernise and Emily Badger NYT Published April 20, 2021
Updated April 22, 2021
Black Lives Matter activists said the tepid response from law enforcement officers to mostly white protesters stood in stark contrast to the aggressive tactics they have endured for years.
By John Eligon
Published Jan. 7, 2021 Updated Jan. 11, 2021
Floyd's death, captured in excruciating detail on video, as well as simmering tensions from other similar incidents over the years, propelled the discussion about race and policing into the national spotlight in a new way that crossed racial barriers and received broad support.
By Bill Hutchinson
December 29, 2020
Philadelphia protests over the killing of Walter Wallace Jr. represent only the latest in a year of nationwide demonstrations against racism and police violence. The ongoing movement has captured attention and provided political fodder -- but it also reflects a long American history of organizing against injustice. Amna Nawaz talks to author Peniel Joseph of the University of Texas at Austin. October 28, 2020 .
About 93% of racial justice protests in the US since the death of George Floyd have been peaceful and nondestructive, according to a new report. The findings, released Thursday, contradict assumptions and claims by some that protests associated with the Black Lives Matter movement are spawning violence and destruction of property. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, September 4, 2020
Declaring racism a public health crisis in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer offered a sweeping plan Tuesday to improve the lives and livelihoods of the city's roughly 155,000 Black residents.
Darcy Costello Louisville Courier Journal Dec. 1, 2020
Protesters surround Louisville Metro Police Department officer Galen Hinshaw in front of Bearno's Restaurant on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Five strangers linked arms to keep the crowd from getting to the officer.
Louisville Courier Journal
Published 7:12 pm ET June 6, 2020
In January, AAC&U selected twelve of these institutions and one consortium to host Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers, expanding the initial cohort of ten institutions selected in 2017.
Established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, TRHT is a national, community-based process to engage citizens in racial healing and catalyze efforts to address inequities grounded in notions of a racial hierarchy.
ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard M. Rhodes is joined by Geronimo Rodriguez, Chief Advocacy Officer for Seton Healthcare Family, and Clarence Watson, ACC Social Work student, to discuss racial healing, transformation, and how to build equitable learning outcomes.
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation with Rep. Barbara Lee
About this podcast:
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who has been representing California’s 13th district since 1999. She was the only person in Congress to vote against the expanded use of force authorization immediately after the 9/11 attacks and has been a constant force for peace in Congress since. She is working now to advance a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission through Congress.
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Build on your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action by learning from organizational leaders and community activists.
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Sam Sinyangwe, Kaya Henderson, and De’Ara Balenger. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.
DeRay, Kaya, Sam, and De'Ara dive into the underreported news of the week, including academic racism, vaccine hunters, medical distribution issues, and replacing the police with healthcare workers. Netta Elzie gives an update on what's happening with the nationwide protests. DeRay sits down with Tishaura O. Jones, who is running for mayor of St. Louis.
Speak Up, Speak Out
Rihanna's acceptance speech for the NAACP's Presidential Award 02/22/2020.